Since life can get hectic and sometimes there isn’t time to do everything on your to do list (except watch Parenthood, because there’s always time for that) I thought I’d do a little mini-series on the little things you can squeeze into your day that can make a big difference on your health! Get it? A mini-series on little things? Hah. After spending a couple of days trying to “count my macros”, (holy monkeys you guys, how do you do that?! When did eating become SO COMPLICATED?!) I decided I’d just focus on little things because they’re way easier and easy things = things you’ll actually do. Right? Right.
A few months ago I decided to start drinking more water. Why? Because everyone tells you you’re supposed to drink more water so it must be important. Actually it was because I was pretty sure my body was 40% coffee and I was probably dehydrated. So goals of water consumption began. And even though everyone tells you “drink more water” that didn’t actually help me guzzle any more H20. Here are the tiny little things that did make me drink more water.
- Get a straw. It sounds crazy but honestly I drink so much more water if I have a cup with a straw. You can sip on water while still maintaining eye contact with your computer screen and let’s be real, that makes a difference. Alex actually got me these reusable straws from Crate and Barrel and they’re the best things ever. They’re big enough that you can use them with smoothies but I stick ‘em in a glass of water and sip my way to hydration.
- Drink lukewarm water. Ok I know that sounds crazy and if lukewarm water gives you the creeps then add a little ice but water that’s super cold is hard to drink. Water that’s just a little on the cool side is much easier to drink quickly without running into the dangers of a brain freeze. I find I can drink a lot more water if it’s not super chilly.
- Add a little lemon or lime or something. I try to get a huge glass of water with lemons at lunch and then I continually refill it with plain water all afternoon. Just a tiny hint of lemon helps me keep on sipping. If you want to get really fancy you can get one of these cups that has a little “infuser” built in, but I just go with a plain water cup.
- Enlist a water buddy. My coworker Britt is my water buddy which is basically a drinking buddy of non-alcoholic beverages. We just remind each other to drink water throughout the day. We’re also FitBit friends which makes us extra accountable.